Nikola Jokic continues to amaze as Nuggets rout Clippers

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nuggets: At Phoenix on Saturday before hosting Portland the following night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller and Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic swap jerseys following the Nuggets’ NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in Denver. Denver beat Los Angeles 121-100. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)DENVER  — Nikola Jokic wowed his teammates with a perfect full-court pass that led to a dunk and by tossing a pass to himself off the backboard for a layup.The Denver Nuggets big man was the one wide-eyed after the game when he met Broncos pass rusher Von Miller and exchanged jerseys.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Another eventful evening for Jokic.The player nicknamed Joker finished with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for his 21st career triple-double to help the Western Conference-leading Nuggets extend their home winning streak to 11 by cruising past the Los Angeles Clippers 121-100 on Thursday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Another triple-double,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “The guy continues to amaze.”Jokic did a little bit of everything, including the pass of the night when he lofted a full-length strike over a defender to Jamal Murray for a dunk in the third quarter. “He could play for NFL teams the way he passes the ball,” Malone said.Later, Jokic picked up his dribble on a play, saw the path through the lane was clear, banked it off the glass to himself and put it in. It was something he had never tried in a game before.And no, he wasn’t thinking slam.“I knew he wasn’t going to dunk it,” Murray cracked. “It was a smart move. It was a great play.”This capped off the night: Jokic and Miller exchanging jerseys.ADVERTISEMENT “It means a lot. I watched him a lot,” Jokic said. “He’s a beast. He’s someone that can’t be stopped.”These days, the same can be said of Jokic, who was coming off a game in Miami on Tuesday in which he had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.“He’s just a great player,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.Murray scored 23 points and Mason Plumlee added a season-high 17 points to go with 12 rebounds for the Nuggets. They’re now 17-3 at home.Lou Williams led the Clippers with 19 points, and Danilo Gallinari chipped in 18 against his former team.Denver built the lead to 102-81 with 9:03 remaining on a jumper by Monte Morris. The Clippers made a little run, but Morris silenced it with a 3-pointer.“They just kicked our butt from the beginning,” said Tobias Harris, who finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds. “Their intensity and pace, we were kind of on our heels with all night. We’ve got to respect that especially from a team that’s No. 1 in the West.”Gallinari received applause from the crowd when he was announced. He joined the Clippers last season after a bulk of his career in Denver. He was limited to 21 games with Los Angeles in 2017-18 due to injuries and didn’t suit up when the Clippers played in the Mile High City.“It was a good feeling to see a lot of my friend and people that I know,” Gallinari said. “But honestly I was just focused on the game plan and trying to play my game and trying to help the team.”TIP-INS Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Clippers: F Luc Mbah a Moute remains out with a sore left knee.Nuggets: G Gary Harris missed his second straight game with tightness in his left hamstring. … F Juancho Hernangomez has been dealing with an injury. Earlier this season, he dealt with an abdominal strain. “If it gets to a point we have to shut him down for a bit, we’ll do so,” Malone said.EJECTEDClippers guard Patrick Beverley was ejected in the fourth quarter for arguing.Asked what he may have said, Rivers responded: “I was in the huddle. I think he said I love you.”NATIONAL TREASURESJokic, who’s from Serbia, currently sits in seventh place among Western Conference frontcourt players in the All-Star voting by fans. Dallas rookie and Slovenian native Luka Doncic is second, with fans counting for 50 percent of the vote to determine the starters.“Obviously, a lot of fans in Slovenia are voting and not enough fans in Serbia are voting,” Malone cracked.UP NEXTClippers: Begin a four-game homestand Saturday against Detroit. 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Embattled PS sues TV Reporter for $20M over $10B claims

first_imgEmbattled Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of the Presidency, Omar Shariff, has sued Television Reporter Travis Chase, for in excess of million over statements he would have made during his HGPTV Nightly News Broadcast on Monday last. Shariff has also sued television station HGPTV and its proprietor Omar Farouk, also called “Terry Nelson Fraser”.The legal proceedings were instituted on Thursday and Chase along with the television station owner have since been commanded to make an appearance in the High Court within 10 days.Shariff in his writ is claiming in excess of $10 million for defamation, libel and slander, charging that Chase during his newscast on Monday last said, “Shariff liquid assets stands at just about 10 billion dollars and “credible sources have told Nightly News that Mr Shariff would not have obtained the billions of dollars overnight and they are suggesting that Mr Shariff is holding the money for someone or a particular group.”Shariff was sent on leave last month from the Ministry of the Presidency by Minister of State Joseph Harmon, pending an investigation into substantial amounts of cash and holdings, believed to be in excess of $10 billion by the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU).Shariff in his writ, claims the utterances made by Chase during his newscast, are not only false but malicious, slanderous and libelous.The PS is also asking for in excess of $10 million for defamation in relation to the publication of the very newscast on social media platforms, including the Facebook page of HGPTV.Shariff in his writ is also asking the Judge to grant an injunction, restraining Chase and the television station from further writing, printing or publishing or circulating or causing to be written, printed, published of circulated the ‘libelous statements.’Shariff is being represented by Attorney Sanjeev Datadin.Chase, himself no stranger to legal proceedings, was recently the subject of a request by Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) Prosecutor Kunyo Sandyford-Thompson, in relation to an ongoing drug trial involving alleged ‘drug-baron’ Barry Dataram.The CANU Prosecutor had requested Magistrate Judy Latchman to issue a summons to have Chase appear in court to give testimony against Dataram.Chase has since told Guyana Times that he has seen the writ and will be defending the matter vigorously in court.According to the TV Reporter, he stands by the integrity of the news article.The embattled Permanent Secretary last weekend broke his silence in relation to the multibillion-dollar affair, to proclaim his innocence in the insinuations that he had stole or laundered public monies for personal gain.He had at the time also lamented that information disclosed to SOCU which was obtained through a warrant has since found its way into the public domain.Chase during his news report had also reproduced the documents purportedly of bank accounts and their balances belonging to Shariff.Responding the publicity of the confidential banking information that was used to generate news reports in sections of the media, Shariff said: “I wish to strongly condemn a series of vile, sensationalist, untrue, propagandistic, and, insubstantial and material respects, misleading news reports carried by sections of the electronic, broadcast and print media in Guyana following a decision by the Special Organised Crime Unit to launch an investigation into a personal matter related to tax remittance and compliance regarding my legitimate business operations over the past few years.”He has since claimed that the matter of tax remittance and compliance has been an ongoing engagement “between my business and the tax authority from as early as 2007.”He said the distortion of this personal income tax matter to make it appear to be theft and embezzlement of public funds is without any factual foundation and is in fact, mischief by its orchestrators.He said the continued publication of “these have caused me and my family great concern – security, hardship and otherwise.”last_img read more

FIFA claims attempt to contact doping whistleblower Rodchenkov

first_img0Shares0000FIFA President Gianni Infantino vowed to crack down hard on racist incidents when Russia hosts the World Cup next yearPARIS, France, Dec 31 – FIFA tried to contact Russian whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov over accusations of doping in Russian football and will do so again after samples have been re-tested by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), world football’s governing body told AFP.In an interview to the Associated Press, Rodchenkov’s lawyer said his client had information that could be of interest but claimed FIFA had not made any attempt to contact the man who was the source of revelations about state-sponsored doping in the host nation of the 2018 World Cup. Contacted by AFP, FIFA said they had tried to get hold of Rodchenkov via WADA before November 22 this year, only to be told he was not available.Now FIFA are waiting for WADA’s reanalysis of doping tests, which they expect to begin in mid-January.“The process is ongoing and FIFA will contact Dr Rodchenkov via the agreed channel when the time is right,” world football’s governing body said.Rodchenkov is the former director of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory. He fled to the United States in 2016 saying he feared for his life after the sudden death of two senior officials in the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA).He then provided information which led to an investigation of doping at the Sochi Winter Games in 2014.Since then, Russian athletes have been banned from the Rio Olympics in 2016 and Russia has been barred from participating at February’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, though athletes who are deemed “clean” can compete under the Olympic flag.The spotlight has turned to possible cases of doping in football with Russia set to host the World Cup in June and July.However, FIFA president Gianni Infantino insisted earlier this month that all tests carried out thus far had come back negative.“If you would have a serious doping issue in football this would be known by now, whether in Russia or any other country of the world,” Infantino said in Moscow prior to the draw for the World Cup on December 1.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Melting ice may open Northwest Passage

first_imgUntil now, the passage has been expected to remain closed even during reduced ice cover by multiyear ice pack – sea ice that remains through one or more summers, ESA said. Researcher Claes Ragner of Norway’s Fridtjof Nansen Institute, which works on Arctic environmental and political issues, said for now, the new opening has only symbolic meaning for the future of sea transport. “Routes between Scandinavia and Japan could be almost halved, and a stable and reliable route would mean a lot to certain regions,” he said by phone. But even if the passage is opening up and polar ice continues to melt, it will take years for such routes to be regular, he said. “It won’t be ice-free all year around and it won’t be a stable route all year,” Ragner said. “The greatest wish for sea transportation is streamlined and stable routes.” “Shorter transport routes means less pollution if you can ship products from A to B on the shortest route,” he said, “but the fact that the polar ice is melting away is not good for the world in that we’re losing the Arctic and the animal life there.” The opening observed this week was not the most direct waterway, ESA said. That would be through northern Canada along the coast of Siberia, which remains partially blocked.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “The strong reduction in just one year certainly raises flags that the ice (in summer) may disappear much sooner than expected,” Pedersen said in an ESA statement posted on its Web site Friday. Pedersen said the extreme retreat this year suggested the passage could fully open sooner than expected – but ESA did not say when that might be. Efforts to contact ESA officials in Paris and Noordwik, the Netherlands, were unsuccessful Saturday. A U.N. panel on climate change has predicted that polar regions could be virtually free of ice by the summer of 2070 because of rising temperatures and sea ice decline, ESA noted. Russia, Norway, Denmark, Canada and the United States are among countries in a race to secure rights to the Arctic that heated up last month when Russia sent two small submarines to plant its national flag under the North Pole. A U.S. study has suggested as much as 25 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil and gas could be hidden in the area. Environmentalists fear increased maritime traffic and efforts to tap natural resources in the area could one day lead to oil spills and harm regional wildlife. PARIS – Arctic ice has shrunk to the lowest level on record, new satellite images show, raising the possibility that the Northwest Passage that eluded famous explorers will become an open shipping lane. The European Space Agency said nearly 200 satellite photos this month taken together showed an ice-free passage along northern Canada, Alaska and Greenland, and ice retreating to its lowest level since such images were first taken in 1978. The waters are exposing unexplored resources, and vessels could trim thousands of miles from Europe to Asia by bypassing the Panama Canal. The seasonal ebb and flow of ice levels has already opened up a slim summer window for ships. Leif Toudal Pedersen, of the Danish National Space Center, said that Arctic ice has shrunk to some 1 million square miles. The previous low was 1.5 million square miles, in 2005. last_img read more

HOPE FOR DONEGAL FANS OF GARTH BROOKS – AS STAR INDICATES HE WANTS TO PLAY AT CROKER

first_imgENTERTAINMENT: Donegal fans of Garth Brooks are excited after the Country Western star indicated that he wants to return to Croke Park following the success of Bruce Springsteen’s two gigs at the venue. Brooks was due to play in Croke Park, in June 2014, and incredibly had FIVE gigs sold out. However, after objections made by residents in the Croke Park area, permission was refused for the five gigs to go ahead.Instead, it was proposed that Brooks play three concerts, but the stubborn star refused to play any – unless he could play all five as initially proposed.In the end, he cancelled all concerts, that decision left thousands of fans absolutely devastated.However, The Boss was in town last weekend, and he rocked Croke Park on Friday and Sunday last weekend. It is believed that Brooks is keen to try and arrange a return to Croke Park after seeing the success enjoyed by Springsteen last weekend.Brooks’ US management have already been in touch with concert promoters with a view to organising new dates.However, Aitken Promotions have stated that there are no plans at the moment.When the star spoke to Patrick Kielty in April last year, the country star said he would like to return to Ireland to make it up to his fans.HOPE FOR DONEGAL FANS OF GARTH BROOKS – AS STAR INDICATES HE WANTS TO PLAY AT CROKER was last modified: June 1st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:concertCroke ParkEntertainmentFeaturesGarth BrooksnewsReturnlast_img read more

GAA NOTES: TERMON

first_imgTermon GAA Notes: Week Ending 15/04/12MembershipAnnual Membership is now due for renewal. All players, managers and coaches must have membership to be involved with the club. Adult membership with lotto is €80 for adults and €60 for students. Adult membership on its own is available for €20. Tickets for Donegal games can only be applied for by club members. Anyone wishing to purchase a Club Donegal ticket which permits access to all men’s club games in the county free of charge can do so for €200 including your club membership. Contact Essie McGrenra for more details on 086 154 2045. Minor Board:Underage training continues the Burn Road this Saturday morning at 10.30 for the following age groups. Boys: U6s, U8s and u10s Girls: U6s, U8s, U10s and u12sParents are asked to send outdoor clothing with their child.The minors boys defeated Fanad last Wednesday night at the Burn Road. Ricky Gallagher and Phillip Doherty were best for Termon. Ladies Board:The Junior ladies began their league season on Friday evening with a good win over Cloughanealy. Anne McGlynn and Helen Vickery best for Termon.The senior ladies travel to Donegal Town this Sunday in their second league game at 12 o clock. All support appreciated.Well done to all the Termon players involved with the Donegal U14 and Minor teams who both defeated Armagh in Killeavy last week. Termon also had the unique distinction of supplying the captains to both sides. Lauren McElwaine captaining the U14s and Emer Gallagher captaining the minors. Good luck to both teams this weekend.Senior Men: Our men had a busy weekend beginning with a journey to Burt on Saturday evening. A late goal from Joe English proved the difference between the sides in a low scoring affair. Kevin McElwaine and Shaun McDaid were best for Termon. On Sunday we hosted Downing’s in the quarter final of the Gaeltacht competition. This time it was Pauric Hilferty who scored the all important goal with Termon winning 1-8 to 0-8. Shaun O Donnell and Jamie Gallagher were best for Termon.The reserves suffered an away defeat on Saturday evening to Burt.This weekend both teams host St Nauls on Friday evening followed by an away fixture in Muff this Sunday. All support would be appreciated.Lotto: The Lotto draw took place in place in the Glenveagh Inn on Friday last. The numbers were 4,8,16 and 28. Conor Ferguson matched 3 numbers and won €80. Open draw winners were Hugo McDaid and John Wilhare who both won €10 each. Next week’s draw takes place in Lagoon. Kath McSharry and Joe McDaid are the coordinators. The jackpot is now €2200.Burn Road TimetableAll managers are to take note of the calendar for the use of the Burn Road now in place at the Dressing Rooms. Any additional trainings and games times are to be cleared with Martin Friel. This is to ensure the pitch isn’t double booked in the busy weeks and months ahead.GAA NOTES: TERMON was last modified: April 17th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Termon GAA noteslast_img read more

YES VOTE WILL MAKE GAY PEOPLE KNOW THEY ARE WELCOME IN DONEGAL – YES CAMPAIGN

first_imgMembers of the Yes campaign after a canvass in Letterkenny.A young Letterkenny man has said a ‘yes’ vote in the upcoming referendum will speak volumes for gay people in Donegal.Kevin Carter was speaking following a canvas in the Ballyraine area of Letterkenny on Tuesday evening. Kevin CarterHe said “A yes vote in the referendum for marriage equality on 22 May would speak volumes. It would mean that LGBT people would know that they are welcome and can live their lives in their home county.”Carter, a former student at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT), said that the positive experience he had in college as a member of the LYIT LGBT+ society helped him and other LGBT students to stay in their home county rather than heading to the big cities like Dublin, Belfast or London.“For some LGBT people, they feel they have to leave as they are not accepted. This hurts them and their families as they fear they cannot come out at home. A yes vote in Donegal would send a clear message that the people of Donegal welcome and want to make Donegal a home for all of its citizens”, he continued.Yes Equality Donegal are one of the most active groups supporting a yes vote in the country and are canvassing, hosting information sessions and fundraising events throughout the county. They are calling on the people of Donegal to demonstrate just how tolerant, accepting and welcoming they are.Yes Equality Donegal spokesperson Sinead Murray said, “By voting Yes for marriage equality we as a county and we as a nation will be demonstrating that we are a truly inclusive society. By voting yes we will be strengthening and uniting society. A Yes in this referendum is a yes to gay people being full participants in Irish society, and fully equal in the eyes of their fellow citizens.” YES VOTE WILL MAKE GAY PEOPLE KNOW THEY ARE WELCOME IN DONEGAL – YES CAMPAIGN was last modified: April 1st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalEqualitygaymarriagereferendumyes votelast_img read more

Hugely successful music festival WILL return next year to Buncrana

first_imgFollowing this year’s terrific music festival on Buncrana’s Shore Front, the organisers of the Buncrana Music Festival have confirmed that the festival will return next year. Keeping to the same weekend at the end of June 2019, the organisers have promised an even bigger spectacle at the Shore Front.Speaking earlier today, promoter Barry Doherty of Notorious Events, explained, “We were overwhelmed with the positive response we received from our first major event in Buncrana, and we are going to take the knowledge we have gained from this event to expand the festival next year.” “With an event of such a scale, we took every precaution to ensure a safe and enjoyable festival for all who attended, as well as minimising disruption to those living locally. We achieved our goal, with only one minor injury for the ambulance team to deal with, and very minor public order issues which our security team and Gardai dealt with professionally.”“Next year, thanks to the safe environment we created, we intend to have family-friendly areas on site, opening up the age restrictions to allow more people to attend.”Local acts including Don’t Fear the Natives and Great White Lies, supporting Welsh rockers Feeder wowed crowds, and the organisers have promised bigger and better again next year.“The feedback from the artists who performed at the festival was as much a compliment to Buncrana as it was to ourselves. Roger Sanchez told us that he has played venues around the world, but that Buncrana was right up there as one of the best venues he’s played. He raved about the location, the scenery and the sunset, as well as the friendly reception he received.” “With our first event under our belt, rest assured we will grow the festival and make it the premier festival in the North West for years to come. Discounted, pre-release tickets will be on sale very soon for next year, and we would advise people to get their tickets early, which will also allow us to secure even bigger acts for next year.”“We would like to thank everyone who attended, as well as those who supported the festival and the patience of those living in the area. We would also like to thank the local traders who attended, as well as the security team, ambulance units, Donegal County Council and Gardai for their professionalism throughout the event.”To find out more about next year’s festival, keep an eye on the festival’s facebook page, www.facebook.com/buncranafestival.Hugely successful music festival WILL return next year to Buncrana was last modified: July 6th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:buncranafestivallast_img read more

Is Science Special?

first_imgScientists are gathering this month to march – for what? How different is Big Science from any other special interest group making demands on the government?In the wake of the Trump presidency, leaders of Big Science (journal editors and academy spokespersons who presume to speak for ‘science’ and for every scientist) are rallying the troops against what they perceive as threats to ‘science,’ as if science is some independent ‘thing’ out there that exists independently of humans and must be protected. There’s the big ‘March for Science’ coming on April 22. There’s been a flurry of editorials. Angry letters protest the Trump administration, primarily worried about cuts to ‘science’ funding (even though Trump very openly congratulated NASA with strong funding; see Space.com). Here are a few examples of the genre:“Science for Life,” editorial by Bruce Alberts in the AAAS journal Science. He says, “Science is an amazing human invention—a huge community effort to discover truth through repeated cycles of testing and self-correction”“AAAS seeks to uphold science’s role in policy-making,” by Becky Ham in Science. “In Boston, attendees expressed a diverse set of worries about the future of science, stemming in part from their fears about how the new presidential administration in the United States will curtail research spending, international scientific collaboration, and a respect for fact-based policy-making.““How scientists should communicate their work in a post-truth era,” Andy Miah, The Conversation. “There may be a need for politicians to undertake training in understanding the scientific method to help them distinguish fact from fiction.”“Why are some people more gullible than others?” by Joseph Paul Forgas, The Conversation. As opposed to System 1 thinking that is anecdotal, intuitive and feeling based, “System 2 thinking is a much more recent human achievement; it is slow, analytical, rational and effortful, and leads to the thorough evaluation of incoming information,” Forgas asserts. “While all humans use both intuitive and analytic thinking, system 2 thinking is the method of science, and is the best available antidote to gullibility.“Common to these kinds of writings are a number of dubious assumptions:Technological advance justifies scientism (i.e., that science is the best path to reliable knowledge, if not the only one).Scientists are less prone to error than other humans, by virtue of being scientists.Scientific findings are trustworthy, by virtue of the methodology used— the so-called ‘scientific method’.All sciences are equally ‘scientific’ (implying, reliable).All scientists are generally honest, and those who are not are quickly outed by the community (sometimes stated as, “Science is self-correcting”).Scientists are fairly immune to the ‘fake news’ and ‘post-truth’ problems that plague non-scientists.Philosophers of science have a long history of critiquing each of these assumptions. But even if these statements were taken for granted, they could only be as good as the integrity of the people who call themselves scientists, and the congruence of their actual work to these ideals.For a taste of scientism’s vulnerability to charges of hypocrisy, take a look at statements by J. Scott Armstrong, statistician and forecasting expert at Wharton College, who critiques the methods of one of the biggest Big Science projects in the world: climate change. Though posted by Breitbart News, the credibility of this right-leaning news source is not the issue, since one can listen to Armstrong’s own words in the video. Armstrong evaluated numerous scientific papers on climate forecasting and concluded that “Fewer than 1 percent of papers published in scientific journals follow the scientific method.” To the extent his analysis is true, scientism deflates. Unless every scientist and every scientific institution illustrates the above principles, ‘science’ forfeits its right to dictate to other people what is true and what they should do.Update 4/05/17: Dr. Kesten Green, co-author of Armstrong’s study, told Breitbart News the following on April 4: “Most of what passes for scientific research these days is either useless, or it’s harmful, because it seems like science, but it’s actually designed to support a predetermined position. And advocacy is the opposite of science.” Green compared the bias in science to the rampant advocacy in Big Media.Update 4/05/18: Catherine Rudder (George Mason U) rebuked those who assume they can mix the ‘March for Science’ with partisan politics. Writing in PNAS, she worries that many coming to the march are motivated by anger at Trump’s election and fears of changes in policy and funding it might bring. “Science has always been a bipartisan issue; it would likely be counterproductive for the march to be perceived as opposing one party and favoring the other,” she cautions.As for #1 (technology justifies scientism), recall that ancient civilizations built monumental works of stunning complexity without modern science. Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb was humbled by the ancient Mayans’ skill in mathematics and astronomy— gained by people who planned warfare by the stars and engaged in human sacrifice! (see Evolution News). “The only way to work out whether we are on the wrong path,” he concluded, “is to encourage competing interpretations of the known data.” But that is not a skill exclusive to science. It’s a general character quality each and every human needs to develop, no matter his or her occupation. One of the biggest gripes of climate ‘deniers’ and Darwin skeptics is that those in the consensus refuse to consider “competing interpretations of the known data.”In recent articles in the defense-of-scientism genre, one on New Scientist was a little more thoughtful than others. Michael Brooks, writing “Inside knowledge: What makes scientific knowledge special,” begins and ends with the expected conclusion that ‘yes, science is special’. But he gets there through the mud of reality.NULLIUS in verba: “take nobody’s word for it”. The motto of the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, encapsulates the spirit of scientific enquiry. Do an experiment, record its outcome faithfully and objectively, and make that record available for doubters.This way of working means that, if knowledge is defined as the route to the truth (see “Knowledge: What separates fact from belief“), science is an expressway to enlightenment. Thanks to what science tells us about human physiology, the universe’s history, nature’s forces and Earth’s geology, flora and fauna, we know Earth isn’t flat, the universe is nearly 14 billion years old, and that there are no dragons or unicorns. We live longer and in more comfort, and can send space probes to the edge of the solar system. Pretty darn special, huh?But let’s take a more sceptical look, starting with that “we”. Some people do believe Earth is flat. Others say the universe is 6000 years old. Some doubt the theory of evolution by natural selection, or the reality of human-made climate change. We is not everyone.He omits the fact that most of the founders of the Royal Society were Bible-believing Christians, but this is pretty typical rhetoric so far: ridicule the Bible-believers, the creationists and the climate skeptics, and associate them with flat-earthers. This either-or fallacy puts ‘science’ (whatever he means by the generalized, subjective, vague term) on a pedestal. Then, however, Brooks turns the gun sight off the straw man and onto the shooter.First, he admits that scientific truth is only provisional, not absolute. Because of the probabilistic nature of science, it loses certainty the more complex the phenomena under study—such as global climate. Well, what about that ‘take nobody’s word for it’ motto?It is a weakness (or strength, depending on your point of view) exploited with gusto by climate-change sceptics, among others. But it points to a blunt truth: if scientific knowledge feels special to you, you are in its in-group. As we grow up, we absorb beliefs from our cultural environment. For some that means accepting scientific knowledge; for others it means “revealed” knowledge, from the Bible, say.And here’s the thing. For all the bluster about “the evidence”, if you are a scientific believer you too are taking almost all of it on trust. “In principle everybody should be able to replicate scientific results given time, money and training,” says Brigitte Nerlich at the University of Nottingham, UK. “But not everyone has a Large Hadron Collider or a climate-modelling computer.” You are taking someone’s word for it. Like other forms of knowledge, most of science comes down to trusting the source.Kuhnians and those who study the ‘sociology of science’ must be cheering. Brooks has just removed the cardboard armor from scientism, and lowered it off its pedestal. Will he still be able to protect it? Only by taking the bullet himself:Not special, then? Perhaps – except that science also provides mechanisms to justify trust in the knowledge it generates. “Authority in science is earned – at least, when a scientific community is functioning well – by success at predicting, and more generally at analysing, empirical phenomena,” says philosopher Edward Hall of Harvard University. Science’s conclusions are accepted when they fit with our experience of the physical world, and are discarded when they cease to. That makes trust in science a justified true belief – and knowledge that true science generates a cut above the rest. Just don’t take my word for it.OK, we won’t.In our next post, we will look at the source. We will examine the track record of scientism in our time, and see whether it deserves our trust. Meanwhile, look at what the editors of New Scientist advocate: “Philosophers of knowledge, your time has come.” They think our post-truth world is crying out for experts who can teach epistemology, the philosophy of how we know what we know.And herein lies a problem. In the current crisis over truth, epistemology is nowhere to be seen. Instead, we rely on intuition and common sense – what might be called “folk epistemology”. The argument thus resembles a debate about medical ethics to which nobody remembered to invite a bioethicist.Philosophers may be reluctant to enter the public square, afraid of being derided by the post-truthers as yet more “fake news” or tarred with that pejorative term “expert”. But epistemology has become one the most relevant and urgent philosophical problems facing humanity. Philosophers really need to come out – or be coaxed out – of the shadows.They seem confident that epistemology would support their mechanistic, Darwinian view of nature (6/09/08). Let the debate return.Before moving on, we must all disabuse ourselves of the notion that ‘science’ is a homogeneous thing. Can you really compare psychology to electromagnetic theory? Evolution to genetics? Economics to celestial mechanics? Everybody wants to get under the science tent because of the prestige associated with the word ‘science’. But as C.S. Lewis said, “Strictly speaking, there is, I confess, no such thing as ‘modern science’.  There are only particular sciences, all in a stage of rapid change, and sometimes inconsistent with one another.”The need for rigor, evidence, and honesty are not unique to science. All of us need to strive for these things, whether historians, theologians, or auto mechanics. Parents and children need these things. Teachers and students need these things. Scientists benefit from organized accumulation of tried-and-true findings, but the Mayans and Egyptians had that. Scientists benefit from collaborative organizations and publications, but artists have those. The more complex the phenomenon under observation, the more provisional the findings, and the more the risk of a scientific revolution down the road.Whenever you acid-wash a defense of scientism, it usually reduces to an argument from authority: ‘trust the consensus.’ Nullius in verba. (Visited 88 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Hold on to your freedom, says Brand SA

first_imgBrand South Africa has found an inspiring new way to get South Africans thinking about what they will be celebrating this coming Freedom Day on 27 April.Through an extensive campaign utilising freedom messages on street poles along major roads, the organisation will be reminding all citizens of the struggle, its hardships as well as its rewards.“Our freedom wasn’t free,” starts the message on the one board, which goes on to say: “But what it inspired is priceless” on the second.The adverts form part of a bigger campaign called Play Your Part campaign, which is aimed at promoting nation building and fostering pride in how far South Africa has come since the birth of its democracy in 1994.Freedom Day is observed on 27 April to commemorate the first democratic elections held on that date in 1994. This year commemorates a particularly significant milestone as it is the 18th anniversary of these elections.A message from the government website says of Freedom Day: “It is an occasion for the country to remember and celebrate struggle icons and honour those who continue to be committed to transformation and to building a better life for all of us.”“It creates awareness that freedom and human rights are for all human beings, regardless of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. This day reaffirms our freedom and ensures that the violation of such rights never occurs again.”All events and commemorations will fall under the theme “Working together to build unity and prosperity for all”.Brand South Africa is building on this theme in their campaign by focusing on achievements by the country since the important transition from apartheid to democracy.“We’ll never forget how far we’ve come. In just 18 years, we’ve achieved the impossible – inspired the world with our unbreakable spirit and thirst for progress.”“So as we celebrate South Africa’s liberation this Freedom Month, and our children get ready to define our tomorrow, let’s be inspired to continue building a country that we can all be proud of,” the campaign message reads.All South Africans are called on to commemorate the day.“Hold onto your freedom,” Brand South Africa reminds us.last_img read more